Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Hi friends!! Happy Sunday! First, did you see my post yesterday where I talked all about My Blogging Story? Go check it out and let me know your thoughts!! Today I’m talking about THE softest blue sweatshirt everrrr. I found it yesterday when I went to Nordstrom and I was drawn to it because of the color but then once I touched it, it was a no brainer for me.

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt

Softest Blue Sweatshirt
Sweatshirt: Nordstrom (under $50!) || Jeans: Hudson Jeans || Booties: Nordstrom || Necklace: Love Always Couture || Earrings: Dogeared

Ok like I said above, the color of this sweatshirt caught my attention at first but the softness of it is what sold it to me. It is probably one of the softest sweatshirts I own (and I own quite a few!). I also love the tie details on the sleeves! It’s definitely a great sweatshirt for a casual look, it would be super cute with leggings and sneakers, too! I’m wearing mine in a size Medium for an oversized fit! It also comes in gray if you’re not as crazy about this blue as I am ;-).

Now for these jeans, they are definitely pricier, but in my opinion, it’s hard to find a good pair of distressed jeans that aren’t too distressed. I love these ones because they have the perfect amount of rips and distress. They are also super comfortable and true to size! I’m wearing them in a size 26 and that’s my usual size. If you’re looking for a great pair of jeans, these are them!

ANDDD these booties – you all KNOW how much I love them. I wear them ALL. THE. TIME. I honestly might buy another pair because I have worn these so much that they’ve gotten pretty dirty lol. But if you’re in the market for a GREAT pair of booties – these are them for sure.

I got this necklace for Christmas this year from my mom. I LOVE it – I think there’s something so cute about an oversized monogram necklace and this one does not disappoint. I have the gold dipped 3XL version of this necklace. 

I also get TONS of questions about what’s in my Starbucks cup. My go-to Starbucks order is a Venti Iced Vanilla Chai with Skim Milk. I usually top it off with cinnamon! What’s your go-to Starbucks drink?! 

I hope you all have an amazing Sunday! What are your plans for the day? We are heading down to Long Island for my sister’s second baby shower! We will be vlogging so stay tuned for that :-).

There ya have it! A look at THE softest blue sweatshirt! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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My Blogging Story

My Blogging Story

Hi everyone! Today I’m finally sharing my blogging story and how Simply Lauren Rose came to be what it is today. I hope this is helpful to all of you trying to start your own blog. It’s gonna be quite the long post, so grab some snacks and a drink and enjoy :-).

My Blogging Story

Sweater: Nordstrom || Earrings: Dogeared|| Makeup Details HERE

Alright so if I’m being honest, this whole thing started because of my shopping addiction and my spending problem and obviously my love for clothes. I have always loved shopping and loved seeing all of the new trends that come out each season. Since this has always been a passion of mine, one summer (July 2015 to be exact) I decided to turn my love of shopping (and my spending problem) into something that I could share with others. Being a teacher, I have summers off so I thought it would be fun to put those days off to good use. That’s when I decided to start Simply Lauren Rose. I had NO idea how much SLR would grow and I’m beyond thankful and excited that it has become what it is today. OK so now that you know how/why Simply Lauren Rose started, let me tell you a bit more about the steps I’ve taken to get to this point.

Starting Out:

Cold Shoulder Sweater

Full Blog Post on this outfit HERE

Obviously I had NO clue what the heck I was doing when I started this little thing and it was all about trial and error. I started by buying my domain name from Bluehost. I didn’t really know much about website hosting but I had heard great things about Bluehost so that is what I went with. I then had to decide whether I wanted to use Blogger or WordPress. I ultimately decided to use WordPress because after doing research, I heard it was the better option. So far, I’ve had no problems with it and it’s relatively easy to navigate. If you do have a question about something, you can typically find the answer via google. There are so many helpful sites out there that make working with WordPress a breeze.

After purchasing my domain, I decided to create an Instagram. I knew that Social Media is absolutely NECESSARY to drive traffic to my actual website and to get my brand out there in the world. I took that first step and made sure the name “Simply Lauren Rose” was available on Instagram. After creating the account, I started posting simple outfit pictures, and inspirational quotes, and all of that just so people could see my posts. I’ll get into more detail about Instagram and my strategies below.

SO basically what I did first to create Simply Lauren Rose was buy my domain name and create an Instagram account.

Instagram Strategies:

Lace Shoulder Top & GIVEAWAY

Full Blog Post on this outfit HERE

So like I said, I knew social media was going to play a HUGE role in driving traffic to my actual website, so I made it a priority. I started out by posting some pretty amateur photos and some inspirational quotes and fashion quotes and all that fun stuff. I also made a point to follow other fashion/style accounts that I loved – I still follow most of these accounts today! I think it’s important to follow people who are in the same industry as you and who have the same passions as you! I love following other bloggers to connect with them and to get inspiration from them too! Some of my favorites are Lauren Kay SimsPines and Palms 3Caitlin Convington, Emily Ann GemmaPure Joy Home, and SO many more. They all have the cutest outfits every single day and you’ll love following them too!

OK so more on following bloggers I love – following them is not enough. You also need to interact with their photos. I make an effort (to this day STILL) to like fellow bloggers’ photos and comment on them! This comes easy to me because I genuinely DO love what they’re sharing so I’m going to “like” their photos and comment on their photos anyway. But interacting with other bloggers is a great way to get your name out there.

Posting Schedule for Instagram:

Alright so I don’t really have a specific posting schedule and I don’t use any app or anything to schedule my posts. I do have a business Instagram Account which I highly recommend if you’re a blogger or starting out as a blogger. The reason I recommend this is because it gives you all of your analytics in one place. Here’s what it breaks down for you:

Follower Count, Number of Posts, # of Impressions in last 7 days, # of audience reach in the last 7 days, # of profile views in last 7 days, # of website clicks in the last 7 days, # of email clicks in the past 7 days

It also breaks down some information about your followers:

% of followers that are male & female, ages range of followers, where most of your followers are located, what time of day your followers are most engaged

It also breaks down your posts individually (from the past year) and tells you the amount of impressions each post had.

It also shows you your stories and the amount of views and impressions your stories had.

Here’s a look at what my stats look like today:

My Blogging Story My Blogging Story

^Above is an example of what my analytics look like! I didn’t do so great this week LOL. 

OK now that I’ve gone through all that, I’m going to tell you why I think it’s important that you have a business account if you’re a blogger or starting a business or anything like that. I truly do analyze these analytics and determine when I’m going to post my photos to Instagram based off of what the analytics are telling me. For example, today (I’m writing this on a FRIDAY) the best time for me to post (when my followers are most engaged and most likely to actually SEE my post) would be between 3-7 PM.

Content on Instagram:

So from my experience, I’ve noticed that you guys like to see outfits that are affordable and easily attainable to the average person. I LOVE that you guys expect that from me because I’m all about that. I try to find affordable pieces that are still really cute and easy to style. There will be times where I do have some clothes or jewelry that are a bit more on the pricier side but I do believe in treating yourself! You should, too ;-).

I have also noticed that you guys (my followers) respond more positively to “outfit of the day” (or #ootd) pictures. Usually the pictures that I have my mom or sister take get the most engagement and positive feedback. I get this because they’re the ones that are the easiest for you to relate to – I’m a NORMAL person and those pictures show that. I’ve honestly never posted a flat lay picture of my outfits because I don’t have the ability to take a good one lol.

I also tend to post more casual outfits because that’s really what I wear on a day to day basis unless I have a special occasion. I feel like this is what most of my followers are looking for anyway. I have been posting a lot of outfits from LoftNordstrom, and J.Crew recently. I’ve had a few of you tell me that you never used to shop at Loft until you saw my posts! I think that is so funny and I’m glad you’ve found some new options from me!

I do often post outfits on my Instagram more than once because things often go on sale and I want to share that with you!

I also know that you guys want to see what I wear to work more often. I did create this page to show you what I wear to work. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been too consistent with updating it but it’s a goal of mine to post more consistently on there!

Posting on my Website:

Ok so again, I’ll be honest – I haven’t been so consistent with my blog posts. That being said – I also have another full time job so it’s pretty difficult for me to give 100% to both jobs. It’s also pretty hard for me to find someone to take pictures for me (especially when it’s so cold out!). I literally make my mom go outside in her pajamas (lol thanks mom!) just to snap a pic of my outfit of the day. Whenever my sister is home she’s really great about taking pictures for me. I also bother my brother and his girlfriend sometimes to take pictures for me too. I would say that’s the hardest part for me about posting consistently on my actual website.

When I do have photos and outfits to share in a full blog post – I’ll try to post it as quickly as possible so the items don’t sell out before I can even share them with you! As for a post like this (filled with lots of information), it takes me much longer to put together. I’ve been working on this one for weeks now! If there are specific posts that you’d like to see – I’d really like for you to see them as soon as possible.

Like I’ve said before, I know social media is HUGE when it comes to driving traffic to my site. I have been utilizing Insta Stories more often when it comes to this. When I share my skincare routine on my Insta Stories, it’s SO much easier when I have all the items linked in ONE post and I can just have you guys swipe up to get all your answers. I think that Insta Stories has been the main source of driving traffic to my site. So if you’re looking to do that – utilize your stories more! It has worked for me!

How I Get Paid: 

I’ve gotten asked this question many times and it’s a good one! People must wonder how bloggers get paid – I know I did when I was first starting out. I mostly get paid through affiliate links. Usually in any blog post, I have affiliate links through a company called RewardStyle. Tons of brands and stores utilize RewardStyle and us bloggers get to benefit from that. We share our outfits with you guys and we use links from RewardStyle to get commission from your purchases. So if you click on ANY of my links and they lead to you a site (like Nordstrom or Loft), I will get commission based off of what the TOTAL is in your shopping bag. Each retailer gives us a different percentage of commission.

I also use a platform called LiketoKnow.it and I use this via Instagram. There is also now a LIKETOKNOW.it App that’s available in the App store. They make it super easy for you to shop all of my outfits! All you have to do is follow me on Instagram or on the LIKETOKNOW.it App and like or “screenshot” one of my photos! If you like my photo on your Instagram, you’ll get an email with details from my entire outfit. If you follow me on the LIKETOKNOW.it App, then you can just search for me “Simply Lauren Rose” and all of my posts will be there with links to each item! It’s really quite easy :-).

My Blogging Story My Blogging Story

^A peek at what the LIKETOKNOW.it app looks like when you’ve downloaded it and followed me!  You can click on each picture and you’ll be brought to a page where I’ve linked all the items I’m wearing! 🙂

Another way that I can earn money is by working with brands directly. I only share products with you that I absolutely love so if there’s a brand that reaches out to me that I don’t think fits with me and what I share, then I won’t accept the opportunity to work with them. I want to make sure that I am giving you guys the most honest feedback that I possibly can. There have been brands that I have been lucky enough to work with and that I’ve shared with you because I truly love their products.

OK I think I’ve written enough for today’s post. I will eventually share a post about how I plan what each blog post will be and all of that. If you have any more questions regarding how I got started with my blog, feel free to leave a comment and let me know! I know this was a jam packed post and I thank you if you made it this far!!  

There ya have it! A look at my blogging story and how this all began! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

Black on Black

Black on Black

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! I’ve been a big fan of wearing black on black lately and adding a pop of color with fun accessories! I found this top at Loft the other day and I thought it would be perfect to wear at work! But the best part about it is that you can dress it up or down and have fun with it!
Black on Black

Black on Black

Black on Black

Black on Black

Black on Black

Black on Black

Black on Black

Black on Black

Black on Black
Top: Loft || Pants: Citizens of Humanity|| Shoes: Sam Edelman || Earrings: Dogeared

So a lot of people have been asking me to share more of what I wear to work. This shirt is definitely something that I plan on wearing to work in the future. Every day I usually wear these black jeans (I have like 4 different pairs of the same jeans because they’re THAT good) and a sweater or top. Some days I’ll wear blue jeans, too, which I love that it’s an option for us. I obviously wouldn’t wear the jeans that I’m wearing in this outfit to work because of the rips, but I thought it was a fun way to style this top!

I also thought it would be fun to pair an all black outfit with a fun accessory – these HOT PINK shoes which you’ve definitely seen before! I think adding fun shoes or jewelry is such a fun way to liven up an outfit. Also can we talk about my hair in these pictures – talk about a BAD HAIR DAY. I think I’m due for another haircut lol. Can’t win ’em all right?

Ok so now for something more random…I’ve recently been sharing the songs that I have been loving to listen to with you guys on my Instagram Stories and I’ve gotten quite a few requests to share them with you more often! I thought it would be fun to incorporate this into some blog posts. I plan on sharing my favorite songs with you guys each week in a different blog post. Let me know if this is something you want me to continue to do!

So here are my top 5 favorite songs from this past week:
1. Pineapple Skies by Miguel – I heard this song at my Loft event and had to know the name! I became obsessed ever since then lol.
2. Body (feat. brando) by Loud Luxury – This was actually a song recommended to me by one of you! It is SO good and so catchy! I can’t stop listening!
3. The Middle by Zedd, Marren Morris & Grey – I loveeee Marren Morris and I think it’s so fun when a country artist collaborates with a non-country artist. This song has been on repeat for me!
4. Heaven by Kane Brown – the CUTEST song – anytime I need a pick me up or I’m not feeling myself, I’ll turn on this song because his voice is amazing and it’s just a great song overall.
5. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton) by Justin Timberlake – I meannnn I just love a good JT song and this one is great because it features Chris Stapleton who I also love. I’m pumped for JT’s CD to come out on Friday!

There ya have it! A look at this black on black outfit! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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Valentine’s Day Outfit

Valentine’s Day Outfit

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! It’s crazy to think but Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and that meansss time to find an outfit! I have a few outfits in mind for you but the one I’m sharing today is one of my favorites because the top is SO soft and cozy (you’ll see below!)

Valentine's Day Outfit

Valentine's Day Outfit

Valentine's Day Outfit

Valentine's Day Outfit

Valentine's Day Outfit

Valentine's Day Outfit

Valentine's Day Outfit

Sweater: Loft || Pants: Citizens of Humanity || Heels: Sam Edelman || Earrings: Dogeared

So some of you may already know that I had an event at Loft this past Saturday. While I was there, I of course did some shopping! I picked up SO many great things including this fuzzy little pink sweater. I immediately thought “Valentine’s Day” for this one. I think it’s such a cute top and it’s still so comfortable while being so cute. I love that it can be dressed up with fun heels like these and some other fun accessories! I am wearing this top in a size small and it is definitely a looser fit – so if you don’t like that, you probably won’t like this top lol. I also love the detail in the back where it ties – I think it’s such a fun added detail!

I hope you all had the best weekend and that you have a great week ahead!

There ya have it! A look at this Valentine’s Day Outfit! I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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Cold Shoulder Sweater

Cold Shoulder Sweater

Hi hi hi! Today I’m talking about one of my favorite sweaters this winter! The best part about it is that it’s currently on sale for like $53 when it was originally $90! Cold Shoulder Sweater

Cold Shoulder Sweater

Cold Shoulder Sweater

Cold Shoulder Sweater

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Cold Shoulder Sweater

Cold Shoulder Sweater

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Cold Shoulder Sweater

Cold Shoulder Sweater

Cold Shoulder Sweater
Sweater: Nordstrom || Pants: Citizens of Humanity || Boots: Similar Here || Earrings: J.Crew || Necklace: Kate Spade

I love this sweater for so many reasons. The first reason is that it’s long enough that you could even wear it with leggings if you wanted. I meannn who doesn’t love when you find something that you can wear with leggings?? Another reason that I love it is because it can be dressed up or worn casually. I don’t typically dress up but if I wanted to with this outfit I’d wear these black jeans, and a pair of cute heels! Instead I opted for my favorite blue jeans and most comfortable boots! I’m wearing this sweater in an XS – I would say it runs big because it’s still long on me!

Can you guys believe that we’re already nearing the end of January?? Like what the heck – where did the month go?! I feel like it was just New Years Eve! I hope you all enjoy the last few days of the month!

There ya have it! A look at this cold shoulder sweater! I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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